FarmVille by Zynga Review

Penguins, starfruit trees, and cupcake bushes, along with other more conventional crops and draft animals, can all be found in the hugely popular online Flash game FarmVille. Zynga’s first app for the iPhone brings you most of the FarmVille experience, though it has some trouble competing with the web version.

In FarmVille, players can design and manage their own farms. There are animals to raise, crops to harvest, and buildings to purchase or construct. Before, you had to access FarmVille through Facebook, MSN Games, or developer Zynga’s website via a computer. Because it’s a Flash game, FarmVille can’t be accessed using the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch’s Safari web browser. To give FarmVille fans their mobile fix, and possibly attract new players, Zynga has created this app as a workaround.

Manage your own dirt farm.

The FarmVille app allows users to log onto Facebook and access the farm they have been building up online. Those who log in but have not yet played FarmVille can start their own farm and access it using a computer or iDevice. The app does not provide the game offline, and requires players to have a Facebook account.

Many of FarmVille’s features can be accessed using the app, including planting and harvesting crops and tending to your herds. If you have a bumper crop of cupcakes and are away from the computer, this app will let you harvest them from your iDevice. It also allows players to collect and receive their free gifts in a simple, intuitive fashion. This is a dramatic improvement over the online version’s message center, which has been glitchy as of late.

Avatars not included.

The only real problem is that some features are not available through the FarmVille app. Temporary events and challenges like the Tuscan Wedding, pet dogs, and building construction are all unavailable, along with players’ little FarmVille avatars. This lack of some of the game’s most interesting content is a big drawback, making computer access necessary for any serious farmer.

The convenience factor of being able to play FarmVille on the go is a big plus, and the touch controls are easy to master. But even though it’s functional, this free app is still no substitute for playing FarmVille online.

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